October 23, 2012

Grambling Names Campus, Buildings in Honor of Historic Contributors

The University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors approves requests to name west campus, president’s home and KGRM annex building

GRAMBLING, LA -Grambling State University received approval from the University of Louisiana System (ULS) Board of Supervisors to name its recently acquired Grambling State University West Campus Annex as “Grambling State University West Campus: R.W.E. Jones Annex” in honor of the institution’s longest serving president. The changes were approved by the system board earlier today.

President Ralph Waldo Emerson  JonesPresident Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones, often affectionately called “Prez,” was Grambling State’s second president from 1936 until 1977 – and that was after working 10 years as a math professor, band director, baseball coach and dean of men. “His legacy is one of honor and respect among Grambling alumni and students and all who came in contact with him,” said Frank G. Pogue, Grambling’s president. “He led this university during a time of scarce resources and built a strong foundation on which we continue to build our academics today.”

Lula  Young JohnsonIn addition to naming the 157-acre west campus after Jones, the ULS Board approved the university’s request to name the president’s home “Johnson Place,” in honor of the late Lula Young Johnson, a Grambling alum and the wife of the university’s third president, Joseph B. Johnson. The Johnsons were the first residents in the 4,940-square-foot home, built in 1984. The Johnsons served the university as president and first lady from 1977 until 1991. During her time as first lady, she did double duty, also working as a counselor at the Alma J. Brown Elementary School on campus.

Dr. Allen WilliamsThe ULS Board also approved the university’s request to name the building attached to the Washington-Johnson complex, which houses KGRM-FM (91.5), the “Allen Williams Annex” in honor of the late Allen Williams, former chair of the Department of Speech and Theatre at Grambling State. Before Williams retired in 2004, he built a stellar academic record, and one of his most notable achievements was adding a student-run radio station that provides hands-on learning experiences while area listeners enjoy a variety of music and other programming. “Dr. Williams’ determination and perseverance were key to making this happen, and his broadcasting legacy continues today,” added Pogue. “Having the annex housing the radio station named the Allen Williams Annex is a befitting tribute to the legacy of Dr. Allen Williams.”

The university will have naming ceremonies in the coming months. Campus and community members will be invited.

Coach Eddie G. RobinsonIn addition, Pogue said he is happy to announce that the university will add the full name of Eddie G. Robinson to the university’s football stadium, making it the “Eddie G. Robinson Stadium,” recognizing the winningest football coach in Division I history.  Edward Gay Robinson coached Grambling State’s football team for 57 years, from 1941 until 1997.  He died in 2007 at 88 years old.  The Robinson Stadium opened in 1983. Board action was not necessary for this change.

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October 20, 2012

Grambling State Radiothon Raises Funds to Help Students

University’s first on-air fundraiser draws big and small donations from far, near

Grambling State University is holding its first radiothon today at KGRM-FM (91.5), raising money to support much-needed student scholarships, academic programs and facilities updates.

No donation is too small. Those who donate $10 will be automatically entered into a drawing for a Bayou Classic package, including two nights at the Hilton Riverside Hotel, two Bayou Classic game tickets, two tickets to the Battles of the Bands show and $200 cash. Some lucky person who donates $5,000 will receive two football passes for Grambling State’s game against Jackson State University on November 3, 2012, a presidential parking pass, access to the president’s box at that game and one each of the other gifts. A variety of giveaways for various donation levels include T-Shirts, BBQ sets, tools sets and footballs autographed by Doug Williams, head coach of the G-Men football team and NFL Super Bowl most valuable player who played quarterback with the Washington Redskins.

Join in for the fun by listening throughout the day. Issue a challenge as you provide a contribution. Special guests will include President Frank G. Pogue, Coach Doug Williams, women’s basketball coach Pat Bibbs, 1978-1979 Grambling State Student Government Association President Suzanne Myneyte Mayo and others.

The university encourages alumni, faculty, staff, students, friends and supporters to contribute, at any level. “Students will benefit the most from this effort,” said Shirley Clay, the radiothon coordinator for the institution’s Institutional Advancement’s endowment and stewardship. 

Everyone is urged to call 318-274-2182 or 318-274-4487 to be a part of the live broadcast of KGRM-FM. The station is welcoming contributions at the radio station on the second floor of the Washington-Johnson Complex on Grambling’s campus any time during the radiothon. Or, send contributions to Grambling State University, Institutional Advancement, GSU Campus Box 4236, Grambling, LA 71245.

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October 19, 2012

Historic, Legendary 1961 Championship Basketball Team Honored

The only Louisiana men’s basketball team to win a national championship will be honored during weekend homecoming events

GRAMBLING, LA - Grambling State University’s historic, legendary 1961 championship basketball team will gather twice during this weekend’s homecoming activities as they receive long overdue recognition as they are presented with special championship rings.

During the university’s annual homecoming weekend, at least 13 members of the team that won the 1961 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Association (NAIA) basketball championship will attend special activities. The game took place at the Municipal Coliseum in Kansas City on March 18 that year. The Grambling Tigers played Georgetown’s Hoyas, winning 95-75. The 1961 Grambling State team is the only men’s team from any university in Louisiana to win a national basketball title.

The team will be recognized on Friday during a special reception at the Hobdy Assembly Center at 5 p.m. The invitation-only event is for members of the university’s Tiger Pride 250 Project, a group of donors providing financial support to promote and support Grambling State athletics. The team will receive championship rings during a ceremony at 1:45 p.m., just before the Tigers take on the University of Virginia-Lynchburg at 2 p.m.

Team members scheduled to attend events Friday and Saturday include Willis Reed, one of the top players of all time in NBA. Reed played center on the Tigers’ team, going on to become a two-time Most Valuable Player with the New York Knicks. He retired as the New Orleans Hornets’ vice president of operations after a career in NBA management. Other members attending include: Rex Tippitt, who works with the university’s intramural center; Charles Hardnett, a retired Atlanta recreation employee; Tommy Lee Bowens, a retired Mississippi state trooper and Herschel West, a retired math teacher. Also visiting Grambling will be Rufus Calhoun, Bobby Rick, Roosevelt Rankins, Robert Piper (represented by Arthur Hamlin) and Nanthalia McJamerson, a Grambling faculty member and family member representing Fred Hobdy, who coached the championship team.

For further information about becoming a member of the Tiger Pride 250 Project, contact Athletic Director Percy Caldwell at 318-274-4101 or caldwellp@gram.edu, or contact Assistant Athletic Director Aaron James at 318-274-2514 or jamesa@gram.edu. Write “Tiger Pride 250” in the subject line.

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October 17, 2012

President of the Reynolds Center talked to students at GSU

By Justin Madden
Grambling State University Media Bureau

The president of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism told students at Grambling State University this week that the world of business journalism needs them.

During a 1.5-day visit earlier this week, Andrew Leckey told more than 30 Department of Mass Communication students they should consider business journalism because it’s a cool, fun job, it’s meaningful, it’s not all about numbers and business should be covered by more diverse populations.

“Business journalism is a great opportunity for folks of color, because they are the ones usually most affected,” said Leckey. He said there are good opportunities for careers in business journalism, especially for African Americans because there are so few people of color covering business.

It was Leckey’s first visit to Grambling State, and to northern Louisiana. Leckey chose Grambling as the only institution to visit among those that hosted a Reynolds visiting professor this year. He promised Will Sutton, Grambling’s Reynolds Visiting Professor of Business Journalism in Spring 2012, that he would visit the institution shortly after Sutton received special recognition as a co-founder of what became UNITY: Journalists of Color at the UNITY convention in Las Vegas. “I’ve heard a lot about Grambling,” said Leckey, who noted that he had not met any Grambling students until this visit. ”I was interested in meeting with students.”

During his visit to the small city university campus, Leckey met with Grambling President Frank G. Pogue, Provost Connie Walton; Rama Tunuguntla, dean of the College of Professional Studies and Martin Edu, head of the mass communication department. Leckey said he first became familiar with Grambling when Edu attended a business journalism professors program at the center’s headquarters at Arizona State University, the same program that Sutton attended in January as a part of the visiting professorship.

Department head Dr. Martin Edu said Leckey’s visit was a follow up visit after the department received a $50,000 grant earlier in the year.

In the fall of 2011, Grambling was chosen as one of several universities to host a Reynolds visiting professor. Subsequently, Sutton was selected as that professor. Sutton, a former president of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and a member of the Society of Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), taught an introduction to writing and editing course with a business journalism focus and a business journalism course. In addition, he started and directed the Reynolds Tigers, a strictly optional professional development program with a business journalism emphasis. Since his professorship ended, Sutton has continued working at the university in his home state, now employed as the director of public relations and communications for the university.

Edu explained that Leckey was instrumental in bringing the visiting professor program to Grambling and the mass communication department. “He made the final selection of the four schools that received $50,000 grants,” one of which supported Sutton’s tenure in the spring, said Edu. “His visit was to enable him to see the progress our department is making in advancing business journalism, meeting with the faculty and students and to determine ways that he could further assist us.”

Leckey said Grambling was chosen for the visiting professor grant because the department’s application was strong. “It was clear from the application that the school had the potential, intelligence and tradition that would foster excellence,” said Leckey.

Leckey also spent time with former members of the Reynolds Tigers program, including Andrea Beasley, a junior business journalism major from the San Francisco area. “I admired his ability to connect with students about the lack of minority business journalists,” said Beasley. “I hope students were able to get a better idea about business journalism and what it offers.”

Leckey said he did not discuss the possibility of Grambling getting another visiting professor, but he hopes to further the partnership between the university and the center, possibly involving Grambling students with business journalism programs coordinated through the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University in Phoenix.

President of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, Andrew Leckey, poses with students at Grambling State University.
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* Justin Madden is a senior mass communication major, the editor of The Gramblinite, a former member of the Reynolds Tigers and a member of the university media bureau. He took Sutton’s business journalism course and uses some of those skills in his reporting and editing.

 

October 15, 2012

Reynolds Center President Visits Grambling for First Time

International business journalist Andrew Leckey talks with Mass Communication Students, Others

GRAMBLING, LA - Grambling State University’s Department of Mass Communication is hosting a special visitor Monday, internationally known author, columnist and professor Andrew Leckey. Leckey is president of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism.

Leckey’s visit includes sessions with mass communication students as well as Grambling President Frank G. Pogue; Connie Walton, provost and vice president of academic affairs and Rama Tunuguntla, acting dean of the College of Professional Studies. He will visit with students who were involved with the Reynolds Tigers, a strictly optional professional development program with a business journalism emphasis. Grambling State hosted one of several Reynolds Visiting Professors of Business Journalism in the spring. This is Leckey’s first visit to Grambling State University and to northern Louisiana.

“Grambling has a great history and I have long intended to visit the campus,” said Leckey, who is also Reynolds Business Journalism Chair at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass communication in Phoenix. “Business journalism is important because there is money in every story. Not only are there career opportunities in the field for young journalists, but it is vital that there is diversity among the journalists covering business and our economy.”

As president of the Reynolds Center, Leckey leads training programs for business journalists nationally online, on site and off site. He was a long-time nationally-syndicated investment columnist for the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times and he was a CNBC television anchor and reporter. He has authored or edited 10 financial books.

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